2016 NATIONAL DRUG STRATEGY HOUSEHOLD SURVEY RESULTS

June 2, 2017

2016 NATIONAL DRUG STRATEGY HOUSEHOLD SURVEY RESULTS

Australia's largest population based survey of alcohol and other drug use has published results collected in 2016. The "National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2016" results show a continued decline in young people's use of alcohol and other drugs. The survey showed that young people are smoking less tobacco, with the proportion who have never smoked 100 cigarettes in their lifetime increasing from 95% of young people in 2013 to 98% in 2016. The decline in young people's alcohol consumption has also continued with the proportion of 12 - 17 year olds abstaining from alcohol increasing significantly from 2013 with 72% abstaining, increasing to 82% abstaining in 2016. Most of the increases in alcohol and other drug use occurred in older age groups. More people aged between 40 - 49 recently used an illicit drug (16.2% - an increase of 3% since 2013) compared with young people aged 10 - 19 (15.9% - a decrease of 1.6% since 2013).

Find out more about the National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2016